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Early voting in person for the March 3 primary elections begins one week from tomorrow (Tuesday).

SCCJ: The Dallas Morning News endorsed District Judge Amy Clark Meachum for the Democratic nomination to challenge Chief Justice Nathan Hecht (R).

HD45: Texas Alliance for Life PAC endorsed Bud Wymore for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood).

HD76 open: The city of El Paso has dismissed nearly two dozen ethics complaints accusing council member Claudia Ordaz Perez of violating local campaign finance laws, reported the El Paso Times’s Eleanor Dearman and Aaron Montes. The city’s outside counsel determined that the contributions, which were given to and reported by her state campaign committee, did not need to be reported at the city level because “she is not a candidate for elected office of the city of El Paso.” The complaints were filed last month by the president of the El Paso chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. The state AFT has endorsed her opponent, Elisa Tamayo.

Meanwhile, the El Paso Firefighters Assoc. endorsed Tamayo.

SEN: The M.J. Hegar campaign released a new ad, “Carpool,” highlighting her military experience and envisioning her carpool as a helicopter flight.

CD7: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R) will headline a rally for Wesley Hunt on February 23, according to a campaign email sent to supporters. Hunt is in a six-way race to challenge U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston).

CD10: The campaign of Democratic candidate Pritesh Gandhi released a new ad, “Our Doctor,” focused on health care policy.

CD13 open: U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) endorsed Josh Winegarner to succeed him.

CD24 open: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Kim Olson for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Coppell).

CD35: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) and Nick Moutos (R) for their respective party’s nominations.

Houston: Renee Jefferson-Smith has appealed the ruling permitting Cynthia Bailey to remain on the runoff ballot against Tarsha Jackson despite a past felony conviction. Jefferson-Smith’s appeal could further delay the Dist. B runoff, which is currently set for May 2.

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